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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween, Friends

Have a Spooktacular Day!
Here are some of my past dress up looks for Halloween.
The eyeballs and lips are actually chocolate. 
Saw these interesting Halloween themed chocolates on sale at Cold Storage sometime back. Cute right?
My "Yin and Yang" Eye Colour from 
Magic Pop I Gel Contact Lenses
I'm biting a funny mouth candy piece for that Vampir-ish look
With my horns hairband and wig
No time to paint my face this year for Halloween. 
Therefore resorted to the fastest way by wearing a mask. 
Hey, afterall it was supposed to me a Halloween Masquerade themed party at Parkamaya 
Thank you Forat Shot for this awesome photo.

BOO! Have a great day out my friends!
Dress to SCARE!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

My New REDKEN HAIR Transformation

I have been dreaming to have purple hair or ombre mixture of colours like these. 
Katy Perry has become one of my source of inspiration. I have always loved not just her talent, but her bold hair colour selection. 

At the Asian level, Miriam Yeung's purple locks make me drool.
 Having done my fair share of purple hair and ombre hair research, I have decided to colour my hair in multiple colours this time with colours liking towards 
blues, purples and possibly greens. It has been almost 10 years since I bleached my hair. 
I wanted something fun, adding a touch of vibrancy to my hair.
Also saw this HK Aunty with purple hair while watching Astro On Demand. 
And I jumped at the chance when I won a RM300 sponsored hair service from Redken.
I picked Antico at Uptown for this task.
In my mind I was still thinking if I should go purple all the way or have a mix of colours.
 I approached the professionals at Antico for a consultation and opinion.

I was given a colour chart to study and pick but these colours does not meet my requirements as I have set my sight on fashion colours 
with heavy preference on purple and blue.
After briefing and discussing with Ben, my assigned stylist, he advised that I should go for a colour mix  of 2 colours plus a base colour to cover all my unwanted grey hair.

My obsession with ombre hair has cost me RM648.
This covers hair colouring (3 colours including my base colour) , bleaching and protective treatment/ residue removal service.  That does not even include a hair cut. 

If I add in the hair cut, my budget will blow even further and I was not ready to fork out RM448 from my pocket for this initial experiment. That does not even take into account the RM300 sponsored by Redken. But I did it anyway. I took it as a treat to myself.
Yes, it is expensive to look good.
 A shot before we start the process.
Bye Bye Normal Boring Hair.
 Step 1: Bleaching
I was advised by Ben to do a "peek-a-boo" strategy for my hair. Meaning the colours will be slightly hidden down under with a now-you-see-it, now-you-don't effect. 
The psychology part here is that people would want to take a peek and see more. 
As my hair was thinning from above, Ben also advised that I should do the colours on the inner parts of my hair where my roots are stronger.
I bought the idea.
 Me with a space ship looking device which is a heater for a quicker action on the bleaching.
 Went through multiple times as my hair colour was a bit stubborn. Did this 3-4 times to achieve the right bleached tone. See my grey hair showing.
 Once this process is done, you can see my original bleached hair. 
 No. I'm not done yet.
 Ben and Steve assisting me with my new hair transformation.

 As you can see the bleached areas are more skewed towards the back of the hair compared to the front.
 Front looks a bit too normal
Next, relevant colours like Blue and Purple were applied onto bleached areas.
The base was a special colour selected by Ben for me. 
He said it's a matte feel, slightly greenish. I left it to him as he is the sifu.

 I hope it's not too green.
 Time to leave in the colours to "set"
Considerate Ben asked if I was hungry and he helped me order food from next door. Imagine I sat there from 12pm - 4pm and yes, my stomach was growling already.
Here's a first look at how the colours came out after the blow dry session.
It wasn't as vibrant as I expected it to be.
Another shot. 
Ben explained this is a hair chalk kind of effect. 
Ben set my hair and I look like a wild thing.
Giving me a slight messy look.
 Can't really see the colours on the front shot.

 But from this top view boleh lah
 Tapi I rasa macam maybe my hair colour is too dark. 
The colour yang I nak macam tak kleluar vibrant sangat.
A slightly mild version of what I expected.
Let's see in the next few days how will this look under the sun.
 A few more frontal shots which tak nampak colour sangat. 
But the good news is that all my grey hair sudah cover.

Last shot with Redken background behind before I cabut.
total time spent at the salon today was from 12.00 noon - 5.30pm.
Hope it's worth it! Sebab to achieve ombre hair like this bukan main murah.
Quoted from a  few salon pun lebih kurang RM600.
I will know in the next few days if my colour stands out.
In the coming months once this colour fades, 
I will have my Manic Panic in Purple Haze to safe the day. 
Standby for the next colouring touch up blogpost when this wears out.
And let's see how Manic Panic fares on my hair then.

Also just ordered this Shocking Blue. 

Let's experiment in a month or two when the colour fades out. 
Stay tuned for my Manic Panic Review.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Food Review: The New Formosa Restaurant in PJ SS2

Tantalize your tastebuds at the New Formosa Restaurant.
New Formosa is one of the oldest restaurant that stood the test of time. 
It was founded in 1980. They serve tasty Taiwanese food. 
In conjunction with their 35th Year Anniversary, New Formosa Restaurant rolled out a new menu set that is oh! so value for money, with a 20% discount. 
Tak payah headache sangat on calling individual ala carte dishes 
as they cleverly prepared these few sets with their famous recommendations 
to ease customers' ordering. 
This set is great for people celebrating their birthdays or simply hosting an office dinner.
We tried some of the items from this RM 238 set. 
Before moving into the food, let's take a look at the restaurant's ambience. 

The round table setting clearly indicates the importance and influence of Chinese Culture.
We love sitting around round tables. It promotes a well rounded sharing session.
 First, we were teased with these Handmade MuaChi, a famous Taiwanese Dessert.
We started off with tone of their signature dishes, the Feng Sha Chicken.
Once cut open, you can see the aromatic brown rice filling.
This is roasted chicken stuffed with 8 treasures. 
In between having these heavier meals, we were also served some 
very appetizing desserts.
Taiwanese Famous Lemon Aiyu Jelly in Sour Plum Juice. Simply appetizing.
With the little pearls, it gives it a bit more biting sensation 
We also had the Simmered Winter Melon Soup. I must applaud the food presentation here.
Open sesame! To a hearty warm soup that warms the tummy.
Ingredients in the Simmered Winter Melon Soup include: 
chicken cubes, mushroom, ginko and winter melon of course.
This is how the soup is served.

                                                        Steamed Fish Sichuan Style.
                                 Served with crispy bread, this sauce serves as a perfect dip.
                                         The sauce is simply amazing and so flavourful!

Fried Mushrooms and Shell Meat (lala) with fried fritters.
It's all about mushrooms. Mushrooms addict will certainly love this tasty dish.
This is a highly recommended dish.
                                              Taiwan Famous Crab Brown Rice. 
                            The brown rice here is oozing and bursting with flavours!
        Pair the crab with these specially made ginger and vinegar sauce, it's just heaven!

Jeanie, the owner and I posing with the famous crab brown rice dish
The crab's claw is as big as my fist! And of course very meaty too.
The huge claws got me a little bit egg-cited. Here I am posing with 2 gigantic claws. PEACE!
Moving on, we tried this dish which became my favourite too.
Stuffed Lotus Roots with Special Fish Paste.
The lotus roots were prepared with such detail. It is done with perfection. 
When sinking my teeth into it, it was crunchy yet tender but not overly soft and soggy.
The master chef behind all these creation is Chef Lee Weng Eng.
Stuffed Lotus Roots with Special Fish Paste.
Jeanie explains "the lotus roots is a cool vegetable and the special fish paste is added with a little spice (slightly hot) to balance things up"
Love this dish- full of vege goodness. I'm sure my parents will love it too. comes everybody's favourite from young to old.
You simply cannot go wrong with this. Crispy Deep Fried Sesame Chicken

Check out their other yummy desserts here. 
There is a very interesting one that is both hard and soft.
Pumpkin and Ginko Nut Yam Paste. A famous Teochew dessert. 
Smooth textured yam paste that melts in your mouth.
Taiwanese Special Dessert: Sweet Yam in Honey Sauce
Deep fried yam (still boiling hot) is placed in ice cool tub.

Soaked in ice cold water
The effect: Soft yam on the inside, hard caramel candy on the outside.
It's hard and soft at the same time.
Bila buka, you can see the soft yam texture on the inner parts coated 
with hard caramelized honey. Sink your teeth in these and you will want more.
It was certainly a pleasure getting to try such interesting food.
I certainly am amazed by the food prepared here and will be back for more!

For those in search of interesting Taiwanese Cuisine, check out the 
New Formosa Restaurant in Petaling Jaya.

New Formosa is located at:
46 Jalan SS 2/24, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
+60 3 7875 7478 

Business Hours:
12:00 PM – 3:00 P.M
6:00 PM – 10.30 PM

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